Grace Fryer

Grace Fryer

Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Death 27 Oct 1933 (aged 34)
Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial East Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Acacia Section, Lot 137, Space 1 & 2
Memorial ID 94090188 · View Source
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Grace Fryer (daughter of Daniel Edward Fryer and Grace Moulton Gilbert) was born 14 Mar 1899 in Orange Township, Essex, New Jersey, and died 27 Oct 1933 in Orange Township, Essex, New Jersey.

Grace Fryer worked in a factory that made the first watches with illuminated dials. These dials were painted with radioactive paint which the all-female painting staff hand painted. To keep their paintbrushes well pointed, they would put the brush tip in their mouths. Grace and a number of the women she worked with became the first recorded American industrial poisoning incidents on modern safety records. The radioactive material eventually built up in the bodies of the women and nearly all died of radiation poisoning.

She was the first of the five 'Radium Girls' who banded together to sue US Radium.

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  • Created by: Mike Dillon
  • Added: 23 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94090188
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